An Empirical Model of the Relationships between Manufacturing Capabilities
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SourceInternational Journal of Operations & Production Management, 26, 5, (2006), pp. 458-485
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International Journal of Operations & Production Management
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***Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationships between strategic manufacturing capabilities, particularly whether they are cumulative or trade-off in nature. ***Design/methodology/approach – Uses statistical analyses, particularly structural equation modelling based on data from the third round of the International Manufacturing Strategy Survey. ***Findings – Finds mostly cumulative effects between the strategic capabilities. Shows that “quality” is a basis for “delivery”, which is a basis for “flexibility” and “cost”; between “flexibility” and “cost” an unclear relationship is found. Whether “flexibility” and “cost” are pursued exclusively or simultaneously seems to be connected with the implementation of certain improvement programmes. ***Research limitations/implications – Results cannot be interpreted in a prescriptive way, but only as descriptive findings stemming from a large empirical database. Future research in this area needs to be extended by longitudinal analyses and simulation studies because cross-sectional analyses can only provide indirect empirical measures of dynamic changes of capabilities. ***Practical implications – Describes a common pattern of capability accumulation in the industries investigated. This information can be used to estimate potential competitor behaviour or as a way to perform in an innovative manner. ***Originality/value – Offers a clear conceptualisation of strategic capabilities with the help of an empirical study.
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